White supremacists arrested for inciting Charlottesville riot
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White supremacists arrested for inciting Charlottesville riot

Detainees include leader of Rise Above Movement, which prosecutors say espouses anti-Semitic and other racist views, trains members to fight

In this photo from August 12, 2017, white nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
In this photo from August 12, 2017, white nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

LOS ANGELES — The leader of a Southern California white supremacist group and two other members were arrested on charges of inciting a deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The arrests come weeks after other group members were indicted in Virginia on similar charges.

Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport and was denied bail in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, US Attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Two others, Robert Boman and Tyler Laube, were arrested Wednesday morning and Aaron Eason remains at large, Mrozek said. All four are charged with traveling to incite or participate in riots. Attorney information for the defendants could not immediately be found.

The men allegedly took actions with the “intent to incite, organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on riots” last year in Charlottesville and in the California cities of Huntington Beach, Berkeley and San Bernardino, according to a complaint from the US Attorney’s office.

“RAM members violently attacked and assaulted counter-protesters at each of these events,” the complaint said.

Prosecutors have described the Rise Above Movement as a militant white supremacist group that espouses anti-Semitic and other racist views and meets regularly to train in boxing and other fighting techniques.

The latest arrests come just weeks after the indictments of four other California members of RAM for allegedly inciting the Virginia riot.

In August 2017, they made their way to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville with their hands taped, “ready to do street battle,” US Attorney Thomas Cullen said at a press conference announcing the charges earlier this month.

Hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Clashes erupted August 11 as a crowd of white nationalists marching through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches and chanting racist slogans encountered a small group of counter-protesters.

In this August 12, 2017, photo people fly into the air as a car drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Ryan Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

The next day, more violence broke out between counter-protesters and attendees of the “Unite the Right” rally, which was believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in at least a decade. Street fighting exploded before the scheduled event could begin and went on for nearly an hour in view of police until authorities forced the crowd to disperse.

After authorities forced the rally to disband August 12, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

The death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event crashed, killing two troopers.

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